SUSAN ROBBINS NAMED PRESIDENT OF C-CAP
Richard Grausman, Founder, Chairman and former President of Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), a pioneer and national leader in providing culinary career opportunities and scholarships to underserved high school students, has announced that the organization has named Susan Robbins as its new President.
“The Board and staff of C-CAP are very excited about having Susan Robbins as our new President,” said C-CAP’s Vice Chairman, Tim Zagat, Co-Founder, Co-Chair and CEO of Zagat Enterprises. “The Board has selected a talented, dynamic individual with a diverse background in management, mission-driven organizations, education and the culinary arts.
“Susan’s leadership and fundraising skills, coupled with her passion and commitment to helping others, make her an ideal choice to help lead C-CAP into the future,” said Grausman who will remain as Chairman and stay actively involved with C-CAP, focusing his attention on areas and initiatives of particular interest such as Curricula, Certification and Alumni & Public Relations.
“I look forward to working closely with Richard, and following his vision of breaking the cycle of poverty through culinary education,” says Robbins.
Most recently, Robbins was part of the founding management team of CDT, a mission-driven real estate investment trust formed in 1998, dedicated to providing affordable housing and community development. She also served as General Counsel.
Robbins began her career in education, specializing in students with special needs before moving on to a career in business and law. She has always been involved in the culinary arts and relishes her role as a food industry judge.
“Susan not only has a passion for our students and a thorough understanding of how C-CAP saves lives, but also has the talents necessary to work with all the chefs that support our program. That’s a unique skill set,” says Marcus Samuelsson, C-CAP board member and award-winning chef of the acclaimed Red Rooster restaurant, and cookbook author.
A national nonprofit, C-CAP manages the largest independent culinary scholarship program in the United States. Since 1990, C-CAP has awarded students $34 million in scholarships and donated $2.7 million worth of supplies and equipment to classrooms. C-CAP operates in seven locations: New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Philadelphia; Hampton Roads, VA; Prince George’s County, Maryland; and statewide in Arizona.